Border Area Nutrition Council (B.A.N.C)
The Border Area Nutrition Council (B.A.N.C.) provides essential meals, transportation, and recreational services to eligible elderly person over 60 years of age who reside in the geographically incorporated area of the City of Laredo and Webb County. B.A.N.C. serves its eligible congregate participants at twelve senior centers strategically located throughout the city of Laredo, plus three rural senior centers located in Mrando City, Oilton (which also serves Bruni) and Rio Bravo (serving El Cenizo, as well). These centers are specifically located to target the eligible elderly persons with the greatest economic and/or social needs. B.A.N.C. also provides home delivery meal services to eligible participants who lack the ability, knowledge, mobility, or mental capacity to obtain adequate nutrition. Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared at a central kitchen, supervised by a kitchen supervisor, and are then loaded onto two (2) food transporters, and delivered to the respective senior centers for serving at noon. Likewise, two delivery drivers package and deliver home-delivered meals to qualified home-delivery meal recipients.
Border Area Nutrition Council, Inc. was founded on January 2, 1985 under sponsorship of the South Texas Development Council. B.A.N.C. Was incorporated on January 23, 1985 and operates as a 501(C)(3) private, non-profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive Director.
The organization’s purpose is to provide essential meal, transportation, and recreational services to eligible elderly clients over 60 years of age who reside in the geographically incorporated area of the City of Laredo and Webb County.
B.A.N.C.’s mission is simple: to provide essentially needed services to as many eligible elderly clients as it possibly can. By doing so, the organization intends to provide a happier, healthier lifestyle to our elderly population. Its principal source of funding is the Texas Department on Aging with additional financial and in-kind support from the City of Laredo and Webb County.
B.A.N.C. serves its eligible population at various senior centers strategically located throughout the city of Laredo, plus two rural senior centers located in Mirando City (serving Oilton and Bruni) and the City of Rio Bravo (serving El Cenizo as well). These centers are specifically located to target eligible populations with the greatest economic and/or social needs. The organization also provides home delivery meal services to eligible participants who lack the ability, knowledge, mobility, or mental capacity to obtain adequate nutrition. Nutritious and well-balanced meals are prepared at a central kitchen, packaged, and delivered throughout the Laredo and Webb County area.
Besides providing meal services participants also partake in social activities and are provided with curb-to-curb transportation to and from their homes to social activity events, grocery shopping, payment of bills, medical appointments, and a variety of other destinations. All services are provided five (5) days out of the week (Monday-Friday), two-hundred and fifty days out of the fiscal year, legal holidays excluded. A project director, a program specialist, a field supervisor, and an office clerk manage B.A.N.C.’S administrative office located at 1002 Dickey Lane, Laredo, Texas 78043.
B.A.N.C.’s services are free of charge to its qualified participants over 60 years of age. Suggested voluntary contributions of $5.00 for congregate meals and $6.00 per person for home-delivered meals are collected each month. Services are not and will not be denied because of lack of contributions by any participant.
To qualify for congregate meal services, applications must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be 60 years of age or older and/or the spouse of someone 60 years of age or older
To quality for home-delivered meals, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Be 60 years of age or older and or the spouse of someone 60 years of age or older
- Must be determined to be home-bound via TDHS form 2060, person-to-person interview and priority of need.
Applicants must provide a social security card, proof of age, and proof of citizenship or legal residency.
2100 San Ignacio Avenue
Tanis Valdez Village
South Laredo Senior Center
2201 Piedra China
Lulac Haven Senior Center
Rio Bravo Senior Center
1607 Orquidia Lane
Quad City Community Center
Mirando City, TX
La Presa Senior Center
1983 Magana Hein
Senior Citizens Home Center
Hamilton Housing Senior Center
Bruni City Senior Center
303 3rd Street.
Laredo Manor Senior Center
300 Mann Road
1406 Calle Del Norte
Broad Acres Apts. Senior Center
El Cenizo City Senior Center
3520 Cecilia Lane.
Catholic Social Services
Meadow Acres Senior Center
3110 Seymour Cir.